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Vassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of being treated as an invalid, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother. That changes the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own. When deep-space pirates capture Vassily's mother, he's left to the mercy of his crVassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of being treated as an invalid, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother. That changes the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own. When deep-space pirates capture Vassily's mother, he's left to the mercy of his cruel, amoral stepfather. Fighting addiction and his physical shortcomings, he's forced to seek out the criminal mastermind Baba Yaga for a crucial piece of equipment. While she agrees to deal with him if he beats his Exoticus addiction, paranoia and mysterious intentions infuse her household. Drawn to her fierce, suspicious youngest son, certain his actions are all carefully observed, Vassily must find the courage to face both his fears and his desires if he expects to survive....

Title : Vassily the Beautiful
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ISBN : 9781614953845
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Number of Pages : 345 Pages
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Vassily the Beautiful Reviews

  • Kyle
    2018-10-23 08:26

    Fun and sexy love story but nothing to get too excited about.I can't say that I loved the novel and I can't say that I hated it either. It was fun but nothing that really held my interests all that much. The two main character each had their weakness that they had to overcome. They both helped each other to do that and in the process fell in love. Nothing new in that story and nothing new in the telling of it either. The sexual content wasn't anything that was overly exciting. Pretty standard stuff really. I did get a laugh at some of the terms the author used. Sometimes they just try and get a little too creative I think.In the end it was a fun read but not a novel I'd really recommend.

  • Vivian
    2018-11-15 12:19

    This was an interesting take on a respun fairytale.World building was decent and set the stage, but even so it quickly felt very terrestrial and graspable. So, if tricky confusing science fiction annoys, then you don't need to worry because it slides smoothly. I liked Vassily, a bit delicate, but tenacious. Sumi, Ras, and Pol are lovable. I tend to judge people more on body language and action then words, so these are my kind of guys. The story is clever and entertaining. Wasn't looking for more than that, so very happy. Might be more of a 3.5 stars, but rounding up because I read it in one go and enjoyed it the entire way through.

  • Lisa Henry
    2018-10-30 11:12

    4.5 stars. A deceptively simple retelling of the Russian folktale Vassilia The Beautiful. I said "deceptive" because while on the surface it's a quick sex-change so that now Vassilia is Vassily, and old Russia is a futuristic space colony, it really is better than that. No cheap substitutions here. The story stands on its own, despite its origins. Most importantly, the book retains that dreamlike sense of a fairytale, while at the same time the characters are vividly drawn. Vassily and Sumerki are wonderful, and the supporting cast is well-drawn. Of course I didn't much like Vassily's mother, but if people didn't recklessly remarry in fairytales, where would all the step-evils come from? Also, I love Baba Yaga! I was never sure as a kid how to take stories with Baba Yaga in them, because I could never decide if she was supposed to be a scary, evil witch, or the most awesome character ever. In this book, she's both, and I love her! Side note: The cover is beautiful. Vassily is gorgeous.

  • AliciaJ
    2018-11-14 11:19

    REVIEW: A year ago I had never heard of Angel Martinez, let alone read anything by her. Now, I'm working on reading every book in her back list and definitely picking up anything new she has out. She has become a "go-to" author, one that I can rely on to give me a great, enjoyable, and fun read. This time was no different.Vassily is fragile, beautiful, and naïve. At least, until his stepfather gets a hold of him and turns him into a junkie, or "toxie" as they are called in the ESTO universe. But even as I read about his addiction, something that could easily have been very disturbing and off-putting, I found myself falling for this character more and more. And when he met his soulmate, Sumi, well, I was done for. He was no longer as naïve, having been forced into addiction and faced abuse from his stepfather and stepbrothers, but he was still very fragile at first. But he learned, and grew as a person without changing his essential gentle nature. I loved that, that he could mature and expand his horizons without losing what made him so captivating in the first place. And his relationship with Sumi was beautiful. This is one of those stories that I know I will go back re-read again and again, falling for these characters all over again each time.

  • Тамрико
    2018-11-11 10:15

    Not sure how to rate it...Before I begin, though. Sumerki=Dusk. The book starts with his name :)Poldien=Noon. Rassvet=Dawn.Can't say I liked the beginning of the book (much), but as Vassily set out to find Baba Yaga's house, things improved dramatically. I really had fun reading the story, loved Baba Yaga, as she ended up to be one of the best characters in the book (besides Vasya and Sumerki). I am not totally sold on Vassily's mother, Irene, or his so-called brothers. Very sketchy people, if you ask me ;) Irene was a huge disappointment. Smart woman, we were told, but totally oblivious to anything around her and her own maternal instincts. I wish there was more of Giorgio, but - oh, well. For some reason, it feels like a little follow up on the minor characters is in order :)Oh, and the bird and the androids... Every character in folk tales is important. You're kind to them and then they pay you back by saving your skin. I was waiting for the talking bird to make some kind of appearance and help save the day (view spoiler)[a flock of birds from the park to distract Dubov's goons during their attack on Yaga's house (hide spoiler)], but - alas. The gun on the wall never got a chance to fire ;) Anyway, 3 stars for the first quarter of the book. Solid 4 stars for the rest.

  • M
    2018-11-04 11:05

    I wanted this book to be longer. I wanted this book to be endless. It's such a strange and lovely blending of Russian folklore and futuristic fiction. It's a story about the eponymous Vassily, a shy composer who is recovering from a terrible accident, who ends up being maltreated by his stepfather. Sent on some task, Vassily ends ups meeting a trio of strange brothers and their even stranger mother and sort of grows a backbone in the process. In any case, the plot is not important. It's a bit weak, to be honest and only serves as a vehicle for the fantastic characters and great world the author has built. I love the brothers, they each have distinct, interesting personalities and are obviously someone's dirty fantasy. Vassily develops a relationship with the aggressive and antisocial Sumerki and it is glorious. It's the centerpiece of the novel. Under other circumstances, I might have found this annoying. But I just enjoyed them so much. My main complaint is that things move too fast, and too many things were happening at once. There is so much scope for world-building and character expansion that this could be, like, ten more novels and I devour every one of them. Hint hint, Angel Martinez, hint hint.

  • Serena Yates
    2018-10-29 08:25

    This is a fascinating tale, with great characters and a futuristic setting that is well developed. The retelling of old stories, placing them in a more contemporary (or, in this case, sci-fi context), is something that is always tempting for an author; Angel Martinez, I think, has succeeded really well at translating the old concepts into something new and relevant.Vassily has had a lot to deal with in his life, not least of which is brain damage form an accident. He is a bit lost, doesn’t have a lot of self-confidence and the nasty stepfather and stepbrothers, who move in when his (often absent) mother gets remarried, make his life a true hell. The assignment his horrible stepfather sends him on looks hopeless, but it is actually the beginning of some real character growth. I was cheering all the way!Sumerki is forceful, domineering, self-centered, and has an issue with being touched. He has also been genetically modified by his mother and, while competent at his job, does not love his life. He’s a real candidate for anger management – or something. While his brothers love and understand him, they are not the right people to help him. When Vassily turns up something changes – and Sumerki is the last one to want to admit what is going on.At first glance, these two men seem to have nothing in common. Open hostility and fear are two of the key obstacles they need to overcome. I loved how they gradually remove each of them, so slowly that it’s almost unnoticeable. The impact and depth of their feelings captivated me. If you like stories about flawed and damaged characters thrown together in a challenging situation, if you enjoy watching men battle both exterior and interior demons and if emotions are just as important as physical attraction for you, this is a books you shouldn’t miss.

  • Kelly H. (Maybedog)
    2018-10-19 09:01

    Update: I finally read the book and it's marvelous. I loved it so much, I'm willing to accept that the man on the cover could be both Sei and Vassily. (Martinez is now on my list of favorite authors.) I liked the substance abuse angle and how (view spoiler)[Vassily remained addicted even after detox and even though he hadn't started voluntarily and didn't want to use intellectually (hide spoiler)]. It was wonderfully realistic in that regard. I loved all the characters and want to read more about these men. Unfortunately, my review can't be as in depth as I want because I lost all of my book notes due to a technical malfunction. I had gobs of backlog, too, and I'm devastated as for some of them I'll never remember if I thought they were so-so or liked them. Oh well, life goes on.No no no no no. This sounds like a good book, but that isn't Vassily on the cover, that's Seiran:(Reclamation).I hate that these cover models are reused over and over. I get why, there are only so many stock photos taken that fit gay romance, and Sei is certainly pretty, but it upsets me when it's one from a popular series. I know it's no one's fault, but I can whine, can't I?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Loederkoningin
    2018-11-13 09:23

    Because those good old folk and fairy tales seldom starred gay knights in shining armor and twinky princes, here we have a M/M adaption of the old Russian fairytale ‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’ for your reading pleasure!Like most heroines in the Cinderella type of stories from your youth, poor Vasilisa had to endure hell and hatred when her mother died and her father remarried an evil woman. In this story by Martinez, Vasilisa has become a Vassily, but has otherwise lost none of his beauty. This time, it’s the mother who makes the unfortunate decision that will land her son into the frying pan. For reasons unfathomable to anyone except fairytale characters, she remarries a man from outer space with a shady past. When he enters the household and she’s captured by deep-space pirates, Vassily gets pushed into the fire.Now in a story that’s a bundle of fairy tale, science fiction, romance and comedy, it’s almost easy to forget about the actual MCs. But Vassily might be a weakling who struggles with disability, and on top of that is turned into a pathetic druggie by his stepfather, he’s also an endearing young man. And you can only cheer him on when he finds himself in the clutches of Baba Yaga (yes!) and her three ‘sons’, including the outwardly cantankerous and violent youngest one.Granted, this story is a bit of a peculiar mixture of elements, at the same time lacking a greater scheme of things. What plot there is, is not entirely convincing as certain subplots don’t add up or, if you like, only add to the sense of drifting through a story that’s ‘neither fish nor flesh’. Whether you will enjoy Vassily the Beautiful will therefore probably depend on your willingness to accept the fairytale-esque influences and the richness of ideas (the world building for example) that are superficially developed. The first half of the book does pile up the drama quite a bit and the second half is more like a sweet Cinderfella tale with an, albeit abrupt, but matching ending.Vassily The Beautiful is more than that though. Especially if you enjoy two vulnerable and damaged individuals finding and fixing each other against a hodgepodge backdrop, it has a lot to offer. Read it, too, if you’re looking for a less cut-out A to Z romance this time. Or for the quirky characters. For me the ‘sons’ were almost a little too ‘comical’, but partly robotic characters, a fiercely protective drag queen and a centuries old grandma AKA crime boss have to count for something, right?

  • Sui Lynn
    2018-11-09 06:24

    I really liked this story. It really spoke to me on a number of levels, not all of them comfortable. This may not be a story I go back to repeatedly but not for any lack in the story. This book covers so may different topics and much of it is done well. There's a struggle for independence and recovery after a debilitating accident. There's addiction and recovery. And of course there's love; both the kind that's blind to any imperfections when the mother chose a less than savory man refuses to see the faults in both him and his sons, and the unconditional love between Vassily and Sumi. This story had high points and low. There were times I wanted to stop and yet I had to keep going even knowing that the story could never be a perfect HEA. And yet it still ends very satisfyingly and in a way that the imperfection of it still adds to the HEA. There's no miracle cure, no surgery, no drug, no last minute hail-mary-pass that fixes everything, what's done is done, and yet they still find love and happiness. This is not so much a sci-fi story as one of survival and overcoming obstacles. A definite recommended read, but not for the faint of heart. Some of the issues covered, forced addiction and the humiliation that comes with it may be disturbing for some. It definitely touched a cord in me. Well done!

  • Edina Rose
    2018-11-09 08:07

    Loved, loved, loved it! It's not perfect but it's an amazing futuristic love story!Vassily is a gentle, honest intellectual and brilliant musician. He is the pampered son of heiress Irena and a famous biochemist & philanthropist. Since a terrible accident he can't see in the dark, he has screaming terrors and sometimes his legs give up under him without warning. So his mum treats him as an incapable and she is registered as his guardian even though Vassily is an adult. But Vassily's dad is now dead and Irena finds it difficult to look after him by herself, especially since her work frequently takes her away in the Galaxy. So she gets married to Boris, a charming man with two grown up sons who still live with him. Since Boris works from home, he will look after Vassily when she is absent. Although Irena appears at first smitten with her new husband, this is not a love union: he wants the money, and she wants a babysitter. Well, you don't mess up with Cupid. They will both pay dearly for their loveless arrangement. But the one who will pay the highest price is gentle Vassily. Vassily's stepfather is evil in disguise. During one of Irena's absences, he takes over Vassily's life and turns him into his own illegal drugs human tester. The evil stepbrothers are not totally evil, but they are under their dominating dad's power and they do as they are told. Since his accident, Vassily had lived as a recluse, spending his days composing classical music. He is actually a well known composer. But he has very low self-esteem, he is weak physically, scared of his own shadow and quite spineless. He is an easy prey for Boris.Then Vassily meets Sumi a genetically engineered man, his two brothers (engineered as well) and his mum (the engineer!). They are a closed-knit and powerful underground family. Meeting them was the best thing that ever happened to Vassily. They will investigate, challenge and test Vassily repetitively. For the first time since forever, Vassily will look into himself and find unexpected reserves of strength. His emancipation from a weakling, fearful and yes-boy to a strong and courageous man is a surprise. The most beautiful thing in the book though, is seeing how Sumi falls in love with Vassily. Sumi has been created to be a super-alpha killer. He is naturally ultra-suspicious and sees everybody but his family as a potential threat. And for some biological reasons, he finds it difficult to be physically close to people, especially strangers. So, it is totally unexpected that he goes from being hostile to putting his life on the line for Vassily. He resists with all his forces but he still falls hard. The secondary characters are great, especially Sumi's bothers( Ras the protector and Pol the nurturer) and their 300 year old genius-scientist-rebel-fighter mum (Baba-Yaga). Vassily has clearly found three champions in the three brothers and an unwilling "mentor" in their mum. This is a gorgeous story: amazing plot, mixed old tales references cleverly inserted, dips of classical music here and there, some bombs, guns and powerful bikes, and amazing & colorful characters who grow into different/better men by the end of the story.

  • Dreamer
    2018-11-03 10:57

    This book is actually a clever adaption of the Russian fairy tale, 'Vasilisa the Beautiful', substituting men for women.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasilisa... "There was nothing left, nothing to look forward to but a slow and humiliating death. A snippet of poetry haunted him, 'then black despair the shadow of a starless night was thrown over the world in which I moved alone.'"

  • Alisa
    2018-11-04 07:04

    3.5 stars Audio versionI wasn't sure about this book at the beginning. Vassily was very fragile and made some decisions that didn't make any sense to me. Some of the abuse by his step-father was also a bit hard to read. But when Vassily heads across the city to find the infamous Baba Yaga the story just took off out of the gate. This is a sci-fi setting but it is not heavy on that aspect. I mention that because I'm not a big sci-fi fan but I feel like there were just small aspects to this and really it just felt like a story in another universe. It was easy to read and the world building was detailed enough for you to get the feel for how and where they live, but wasn't overwhelming and didn't overshadow the story.I think the author did a great job with the characters. There were a lot and they all stood out as individuals. The villains were wonderfully bad, Vassily, once he starts to stand up for himself, was sweet and charming, and Baba Yaga and her sons were just awesome. They were the highlight of the story for me. I loved the pairing of Vassily and Sumerki. It was such a great opposites attract pairing. Vassily soothed and mellowed Sumi out and Sumi's fierceness gave Vassily the strength he needed. This audiobook was narrated by Greg Boudreaux and I thought he did a great job. There were a lot of characters so there were a lot of voices, plus there were a lot of different accents. I felt like he did them all really well. This was my first time listening to this narrator but he will be going on my list of people to look for in future audiobooks.Overall I enjoyed everything about this. It was a unique plot and a sweet love story. By the end I was fully invested in the characters and I really hope this author will revisit this world one day and give both of Sumi's brothers stories also.

  • Sophia
    2018-10-31 08:16

    This was an engaging story, but something a bit different than I was expecting after reading the author's other stories in the ESTO universe. For one, this one doesn't have the alien vibe, but more a futuristic earth one. The focus is set on the hero Vassily who has dangerous adventures and lots of personal growing to do even as he has his own effect on a hard, dangerous lonely man. Addiction, loneliness from being different, greed, family, and dealing with fear all add such depth to this story. Loved the characters and the plot. Left wanting more and would definitely love more ESTO universe books.

  • Betryal
    2018-10-28 10:12

    This story is top notch. I completely adored this one. Impressive, lovable characters, great plot and a story that's easily flowing to follow.

  • Nephylim Nephylim
    2018-10-30 08:01

    How can I describe this book. An ancient Russian fairytale transported into a future world. THe characters are vivid and multi-faceted. The bad guys (mostly) have redeemable features. The good guys are flawed in all sorts of ways and the placement and world building is exemplary.The writing is so delicate in places it's poetry and the two heroes (two of the heroes) are so different yet so similar in many ways.I fell totally utterly and hopelessly in love with Vassily and with the book. I can't recommend it highly enoughI literally couldn't put it down. The first time I read it, i have to admit, I tried to skip chunks in a desperate need to know what happened next, but I couldn't I had to go back and read every word.The imagination is amazing. A new twist to the traditional, 'three tasks' fairytale, with a very unusual fairy princess... counting Pol, two of them :) A butch drag queen, three clones, drug smuggling, pirate kidnappings... who could ask for more.Oh BTW... I LOVED THIS BOOK

  • Terry
    2018-10-25 11:08

    This is the second book of Ms Martinez I have read and I must say I am impressed not only with her ability to tell a story (the writing just flows and draws the reader in almost immediately) but also her inventiveness. The first part where Vassily becomes a victim of his stepfather had me so wound up I could not put the book down until he had somebody on his side which meant I read probably the fist half of the book in one sitting (never mind the loss of sleep as I normally read at night). Without spoiling the story I thought all the characters were extremely well drawn and story brilliant. Thoroughly recommend this to any SF/ MM romance fan.

  • Fangtasia
    2018-11-04 08:09

    Totally harlequinesque, tropey, and predictable, but delicious all the same. My romance-reader soul enjoyed it immensely.

  • Melyna
    2018-10-28 07:22

    Vassily the Beautiful is a wonderful interpretation of the old Russian fairytale, Vasilisa the Beautiful. I had not read the original story and looked it up to see how the stories compared. I love how the author took the story and made it her own. Her science fiction stories are some of my favorites. This story pulled me in and had me feeling a full range of emotions while listening to it. I cringed at some of the decisions Vassily made early on. He is naive and lives a sheltered, secluded life since an accident that killed his father and seriously injured him. I was heartbroken and angry when his stepfather injected him with the Exoticus. I loved the way his character grew throughout the story. The characters Rassvet, Poldien, Sumerki and Baba Yaga are wonderful and I laughed at some of the things Rassvet would say. It is very much a fairytale with a scifi twist and a happily ever after. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Greg Boudreux (Tremblay). He is an excellent voice actor and brings the characters to life. I enjoyed the story and narration so much that I spent the entire day listening whenever I had a moment to do so. I did not want to stop. It is definitely one that I will listen to again.

  • Borderstar
    2018-11-11 14:22

    3.75 starsThis was a lot of fun. I haven't ever read the Russian fairy tale "Vasilia The Beautiful" that this is based on, so I don't know how it compares. The funny thing was, when I saw that it was based on a fairy tale, I thought it was going to be all sweetness and light - but, um, no - not quite. Yes there's a predictably sappy romance and a sweet HEA, yes there's a kind of cartoon villain and an MC who has a good heart, but it's also set in quite a dark futuristic setting, with drugs, addiction, kidnapping and crime lords and stuff too!Vassily's step-father was OTT horrid, as step-parents seem to be in fairy tales (where on earth did he come from anyway?! I mean Vassily's mother wasn't meant to be stupid, so what was she thinking?!!! ggrrr), and it was quite awful what he did to Vassily early on. I never really did get why Vassily forgave his step-brothers for their part in it, but he did have a rather ridiculously good heart I guess!I don't know if I would have liked it so much if I hadn't been expecting a fairy tale, as everything in the first part is OTT drama, and then everything after Vassily meets Baba Yaga and her sons is very conveniently leading to a wonderful ending, but it worked knowing it was an adaptation of a fairy tale.Baba Yaga and her sons are brilliant, if you don't take them too seriously - I mean what's with the colour-coordinated bikes and outfits?! I kind of loved Sumi though.Unexpectedly fun read.

  • Vastine Bondurant
    2018-11-02 12:24

    It's been a long time since I read a 300+ page book in less than a day. But then came Vassily the Beautiful.I'd waited so anxiously to read this book, had SO looked forward to get into it, and I knew, just knew I would love it. Some books, you just know.And Vassily the Beautiful met my expectations and then some.No need to waste time retelling the plot. All I can say is this is my first reading of Angel Martinez's work and I'm a new, gushing fan now. Prose. Oh, my. Musical, delicate and yet somehow beautifully blunt and honest. Characters. Oh, Vassily. A stunning creature in a fragile body with a surprisingly fierce core. His growth to find himself in this story is a thing of beauty. And Sumi. A perfect, masterful mix of power and sensitivity. A heart that comes to life for his Vassily.The plot was impressive. I've not ready many alternate universe stories and wasn't sure I'd take to it, but Martinez's fictional future world was captivating, real-to-life, like watching a good film.The sex. Perfect. With this author's style, the sex scenes were steamy in their sensuality and tempered with sweet, sexy prose. Beautiful, beautiful book. Highly recommended.

  • Ayanna
    2018-10-25 08:12

    9/4/14...the new cover is hideous.Aug 27, 2012While I do agree with Akansha, I also viewed the overall story as more of an impressionistic piece so I never really did get the "no sense of real plot" that Akansha got. Also, the reason I read it was because of the prospect of the addiction (and all its accompanying angst) and all the promised trauma and miscellaneous angst. I guess we had different approaches.The idea of a viral drug is interesting. Makes wonder if one day in the future such things really will exist...

  • Kristy Maitz
    2018-11-11 08:22

    I like that story but I have to say from the start Angel Martinez could do better.The plot would be more interesting if story would start with Vasya (main character) already walking toward the "Baba Yaga" destination and on the way he would remember what happened and what he is suppose to do. So it was good read with negative thought that it could be better.

  • Claudia
    2018-10-26 12:23

    Oh my... I'm in love with hard/sweet Sumi and with scared/brave Vasyl. What an amazing story. Mrs. Angel has done an incredible work on this book. One of the best book's I've readed. Thanks for writing and sharing with us this amazing story.

  • Absynthe
    2018-11-11 12:58

    Really nice incorporation and evolution of some Russian fairy tales. Very original.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2018-11-07 13:06

    Note: This audiobook was provided to me through Hearts on Fire Reviewsin exchange for an impartial review. **4.5 stars**Listening to this audiobook was an unexpected pleasure. It was not as dark, nor as complex, as I originally feared it might be. And Vassily was not as vapid as I thought he might be—based on the blurb and the cover image. Speaking of which, I found the cover totally unappealing and if not for the attraction of a narrator for whom I have a great deal of respect, I likely would not have read this story, nor listened to the audiobook.The early part of the story was depressing and difficult to get through because the author managed to endear the beautiful and damaged Vassily to me right from the start, and the horrors his stepfather put him through when his mother left on a business trip were frightening and painful to live through with him. His struggles to carry out the mission that miserable excuse for a man sent him on were equally difficult to listen to, as was the physical turmoil he went through during drug withdrawal. Nuff said, as I don’t want to give away any more detail and spoil the story for others.However, the love story that ensued was terrific. Very slowly, very reluctantly, Vassily’s chosen mate was able to overcome his own hurdles to relationships while getting to know the deep inner beauty of Vassily’s personality. At the same time, Vassily was overcoming additional challenges set forth by the great criminal mastermind, Baba Yaga, since he knew it was the only way he could survive to fight to stay alive and achieve his goals, one of which was to hopefully be reunited with his mother someday. This book is unquestionably complex, and yet it was not difficult to follow as the narrator provided clear enunciation, accompanied by distinctive voices for each of the characters. It’s such a pleasure to listen to audio in the voice(s) of a gifted performer and this book is certainly worth purchasing in audio. Highly recommended.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2018-10-26 07:24

    ~ Narration Rating 5 Stars ~ Vassily is many things, pampered, well born, extremely talented, and recovering from a life-altering accident that killed his father. Only now, after years of recovery, has Vassily begun to trust himself enough to venture outside of his apartment, let alone his building. His only companions are a maid and a neighbor who is a drag queen of some renown. His mother is often off on trading expeditions to far planets, and she is gone for months at a time. After her last trip, Vassily’s mother arrives home with a surprise—a new stepfather and two stepbrothers, who all regard Vassily with disdain.After a series of unfortunate events, including his mother being taken by space pirates, Vassily finds himself drug addicted, thanks to his new step family, and out on the streets searching for a woman who can help him restore his stepfather’s drug ring to power. On his journey he meets three air-bike riding knights, all in service to the woman he seeks, Baba Yaga. Vassily soon finds himself in Baba’s protection and under the care of her knights.As space sagas go this is a better than average story. The narration by Greg Boudreaux is well above average and makes the story come alive. The voice here is masterful. The characters are given depth, and the acting makes this story even better. The two main characters develop feelings, over time, and their coupling is told in sweet detail by Boudreaux. There are not enough good things to say about this narration and how it takes an ordinary story and makes it brilliant. The Russian inspired names are handled well, and the accents are not cliched. The villains are clear and the heroes can be rooted for and cheered.Buy this book if you like space sagas with hot men in them. Buy the book if you are familiar with Martinez’s work. Buy the audio for the amazing narration, and listen to it more than once. You will not be sorry about that.Reviewed by Mike for The Novel Approach

  • Vicki
    2018-10-28 11:15

    4.5★'s Cool Sci-fi world, complete with dna manipulated test tube humans, space pirates, and flying motorcycles. Greg Boudreux did a fantastic job with the narration raising the book from 4 to 4.5.

  • Galia
    2018-10-23 14:05

    3.5 stars

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2018-11-05 11:16

    4.5 STARSReviewed by VickiVassily the Beautiful is based on a Russisan fairy tale, Vasilisa the Beautiful. I am not familiar with Russian fairy tales, and initially didn’t read the story before I started Vassily. I did stop a quarter of the way in and read it, it’s a short story, available on the Internet for free and easy to find. If you aren’t familiar with it, it might be worth reading it before you read Vassily. At first I wanted to review this book based solely on it’s own, but I am glad I stopped and read Vasilisa’s story. It’s cool to compare Angel’s interpretation with the original!So on to Vassily. It starts out darker than the other books of Angel’s I have read, it was hard for me to get in to at first. It is somewhere between Sci-fi and fantasy, with a big inclusion of Russian. Vassily is the pampered son of successful parents, injured in an accident that kills his father, leaving him fragile and damaged. His mother brings home a new father for him, and a couple of step brothers, and life as he knows it is over. His mother vanishes and he is left under the control of Boris (the BASTARD!) who turns out to be a drug manufacturer. Vassily becomes his guinea pig for an instantly addicting drug, and the scape goat for his step brothers. Up to this point I was struggling, Vassily is sweet and fragile, then is used and abused, his whole world crashing around him. It made me very uncomfortable, I didn’t dislike the story, but it was darker than I prefer.This is where I stopped to read the fairy tale it is based on, and I’m glad I did. In the fairy tale, Vasilisa’s mother dies, father remarries and brings home a step mother and step sisters, her father takes off and leaves the sweet and beautiful Vasilisa with the step bitches. She goes on an adventure to find a light from Baba Yaga, and meets three horsemen (red, black, and white), eventually finding Baba Yaga. She uses a doll and her smarts to get herself out, home, and eventually married. This is obviously a simplified explanation, but I wanted to show the basic story compared to our Vassily. Vassily has the same family issues, then Boris sends him walking across the city to Baba Yaga. On the way he sees three men on flying motorcycles throughout his walk, one dressed in red, one in white, and one in black. He has to struggle to get to Baba Yaga, just like Vasilisa. The comparisions continue, this Baba Yaga assigns Vassily similarVassily tasks to complete, etc. The book started working for me at that point, once I got the concept and saw where we were going.Sumerki is the other half of the romance with Vassily in this story and was harder for me to bond with. We don’t really get any background for him, he is very mysterious… I’ll briefly say he and his two brothers are the manufactured sons of Baba Yaga, each made with a different quality. One is big and bad-ass, one is nurturing and caring, one is the enforcer. Sumi is the fierce enforcer, not quite human, fairly cold and aloof. He’s a loner, has issues with being touched, and has a bit of a nasty attitude. He is not impressed with the drug addicted, sickly Vassily who shows up on their doorstep, and not interested in playing nurse for him. But that changes…Enough plot! So this story was slow to draw me in. The way Vassily is treated at the beginning was hard for me to read, he is very sweet and innocent, it hurt me to see his world so destroyed. His physical issues and his drug addiction made me sad. I was honestly concerned the whole book would be that way… But it wasn’t at all. Once Vassily gets the help he needs, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I am so glad I stopped to read the fairy tale so I could see how brilliantly Angel works in the bits from the traditional story, combining them with science fiction. Even Baba Yaga’s flying pestle and mortar, and her chicken leg hut. The extra characters were brilliant, I hated Boris, loved Pol and Ras, and Baba Yaga was a trip! Vassily’s neighbor Giorgio hinted at all sorts of fun, but we never really got to see him. I wasn’t sure about Sumi at first, he was a little harsh and cold, expecially to poor Vassily, but once I got to know him better, he grew on me, and I liked him with Vassily. They are actually a good match, each having issues the other can help deal with. I wish there had been just a little more sex between them, I liked what was there but I prefer a little more smut in my books. I would also have liked to see Vassily struggle with his addiction more. Once he detoxed it was a little easy…. There was an incident toward the end that showed how he’s feeling, but it all went awfully smoothly.As always, Angel gives us a creative plot, witty dialogue, deep characters, and some lovely sex. The retelling of an old tale was fantastic, it worked very well. So buy this book, Google Vasilisa and read her story first, then read Vassily the Beautiful. It is worth it!Please visit www.lovebytesreviews.com to see this and many more reviews, interviews guest posts and giveaways!